Monday, February 7

How to Apply Sanding Sugar: Video Tutorial

I need to apologize and brag at the same time. My usual camera man had to work, so my seven year-old filled in.  I was a little worried about him getting it, but now, having watched it, I am actually very proud. I wish I had a video of us making our video. Behind the scenes I am pointing and directing, and he is trying his best to remember not to talk. Sweet sweet boy.

With so many sparkly things available, people often ask me what exactly sanding sugar is...

There is also coarse sugar, disco dust, edible glitter, jimmies, nonpariels and dragees.  Admitedly, it can all get a little confusing.  So, I found examples of each so you could see what they are.

 Meaghan of the decorated cookie is a sprinkle diva.  She had great examples of both  coarse sugar which is like sanding sugar, but with larger crystals, and jimmies which are the oblong ice cream sprinkles all kids love. Be careful when ordering sugars.  I have known many people that have ordered course sugar meaning to order sanding sugar.

Disco dust is really sparkly and really looks like glitter.  It gets everywhere.  I kind of think of it as Marian, AKA Sweetopia's signature.  She uses enough of it that I would consider her the expert on disco dust.

Edible glitter is NOT disco dust.  It's more like brightly colored crushed gelatin sheets...if ANYONE can think of a better explanation than that, PLEASE help me =)

Another familiar favorite, although you may not know them by name, are nonpariels. These are the little tiny ball sprinkles.  I guess the rainbow ones could be considered THE all-american sprinkle.  Alison, of Ali-Bee's Bakeshop has a great talent for using these {and pretty much all other sprinkles} in the most creative of ways.

And finally, the mysterious, illegal to buy or sell in California, dragees, little metallic balls {they also make oblong ones and flat ones called buttons} Glory, of Glorious Treats uses both types.

I, personally, am somewhat of a sanding sugar junkie.  I love to put it on my cookies, and I own an embarrssing amount of the stuff. I just love it because it can instantly turn ordinary into extraordinary.  A few little post-video afterthoughts:

  • If you want to sugar the edges of a cookie that has different colored borders, pipe the border in the proper color and sand the whole cookie with clear sugar.  The icing color below will show through.

  • I used a #2 tip.  I meant to mention that but I was too busy being a backseat director {is there even such a thing?}

  • If you want to do a lot of cookies at a time, and have a large amount of sugar on hand, I lay them all out on a half sheet pan lined with waxed paper.  Then I can sand them all at once, transfer them to another sheet, and put the excess sugar back into the jar.

  • Wait until your cookies are 100% dry {don't try to cheat this rule, it NEVER works} before applying the sugar.




26 comments:

L said...

Excellent vid and tutorial, my friend <3

Bea said...

Love the tuto and video, Callye! And the camera man did GREAT... he even took a close up of your amazing COOKIES!

CJ said...

Next thing you know your sweet boy will be at film school like mine is!!! Thanks for the tutorial, I did wonder how the PROS applied the sugar. So what is the difference between disco dust and luster dust??

Diane {Created by Diane} said...

Great job Callye! I love sanding sugar and have certainly picked up the wrong sugar in a hurry and tried to apply it to the edges and then realized I picked up the coarse sugar instead :) I love disco dust it's so pretty and glittery!

Cristin (Pinkie) said...

Great job as always Callye and your little camera man did wonderfully! Wow! So I'm a bit of a sanding sugar junkie too and wondered how did you get such a large jar of sanding sugar? I buy the 4 oz containers and run out of them so quickly! Thanks, Cristin

sugarHI creations said...

Great video! Can I just say that your baby in the center of the flower is TO DIE FOR!! What an awesome, not to mention, adorable idea!!

Kelly said...

Excellent tutorial. And I love the baby in the flower. May want to check but I think it is coarse sugar not course. Either way the video is great!

SweetSugarBelle said...

Kelly, you are right. How embarrassing! I am the typo queen and when it comes to word spell check doesn't catch...sorry, totally fixed it!

Pinkie, you can buy them in 1lb size at most of the cookie decorating places...I'll check for a resource.

SweetSugarBelle said...

CJ, disco dust literally looks like glitter, and lyster dust is more of a paint on item that give a pearl finish. The tuto right before this shows the ins and outs of luster dust.

Kudos Kitchen said...

Lovely tutorial Callye! Very pretty cookies. Love the color!
Your camera man did an excellent job too :)

bridget {bake at 350} said...

A.....I love your cookies!
B.....I love the examples you linked to!
C.....you camera man did a GREAT job!
D.....count me in as a sanding sugar junkie!
E.....so fun seeing how you add sanding sugar! Yay!

Kate H.(www.sprinkletherapy.blogspot.com) said...

Great video, girl! Your cookies are so perfect!

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

Great tips on the various types of decorations... And, great video! Thanks for sharing!

Jodie said...

Love this! You're so creative. And kudos to your 7 year old cameraman!

Amanda said...

LOVE THIS!!! You have taught me a ton!!!

TidyMom said...

I LOVE this Callye!! especially sprinkling over the wax paper, I always use a bowl or plate then have a heck of a time getting it back in the jar! lol

sweetopia said...

Great tips Callye!!! I love how you showed the different ways of applying the sanding sugar and I would never have been able to tell that your little guy did the video taping - Awesome video all around!!

Fairy Cakes said...

Where do you get your sanding sugar?

vanillabeanbaker said...

Your little camera man did a fantastic job Callye. He has a much steadier hand than I!
Great tutorial and a new tip for me. I've always applied sanding sugar using clear corn syrup brushed on to the iced cookie. Your idea using the wet piping is new to me and a great idea which I will try on my next cookie sanding. Thank you.

SweetSugarBelle said...

You are very welcome girls! Paula, I never thought of that! I always assumed if I missed the wet time, I had messed up! I just learned something too!

Fairy Cakes, I get mine from country Kitchen Sweet Art. I can buy one lb bags from there.

Cheryl, another cool gadget, they also make little trays for beaders that are blue and have a lip and a spout on the end. It works REALLY well with roll-y (Is that a word) sprinkles...and the spout puts them right back where they go...I'll take a picture soon. =)

As for my camera man, her thinks he's king of the playground because he made a movie.

He also taught me that my mini tripod has extendable legs!!! Who knew he'd overtake my technological expertise by age seven!!!

Linda V @ Bubble and Sweet said...

How funny I also think of those amazing bakers/ cookies artists when thinking of those decorating mediums. They certainly must be a bit of a signature for them. Thanks for the tips, and yes I have picked up edible glitter thinking it would be disco dust......not even close.

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

I had no idea there were so many kinds. Thanks for the great video :) STumbled!

Alison said...

Great guest post Callye! I feel so honored that you mentioned me!! :)

CK said...

Great tutorial, thanks!

Anastasia said...

I know this is not the point of the tut. but why in the world are dragee's illegal in california? I must google this.

Sweet Chick's said...

Thanks so much for your tutorial, very helpful. Mine never worked because I always try to cheat on the drying process. I will wait from now on.
I also think your description for the glitter is dead on.